AJ Perez (Photo Courtesy of ABS-CBN)
According to a text message sent by Star Magic PR head Thess Gubi to Yahoo! OMG! Philippines, Fely Soriano, Fatima's mother, said her daughter is not eligible for transplant.
"The family has endorsed the cornea to the eyebank and whoever is compatible [with AJ's cornea] will be the beneficiary," she said.Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News reported on Tuesday, April 19, that one of Soriano's eye doctors, Dr. Mae Singson confirmed that the Marian devotee is not eligible for a corneal transplant since her problem are her retinas and no effective retinal transplants are available yet.
"Ang corneas niya ay normal. Ang problema sa kanya ay ang likod ng mata o ang kurtina ng mata called the retina. ‘Yon ang defective sa kanya and it has been defective since pinanganak siya. So changing the cornea, which is sa harapan ng mata ay hindi makakabigay lunas sa kanyang karamdaman. To this day, wala pa tayong effective na retinal transplant," said Singson in an interview with ABS-CBN news.
In the report, Singson added that instead of being sorry for Soriano, people should still be thankful because another beneficiary may be given a chance to see.
For her part, Soriano who remains ever faithful to God, wholeheartedly accepted the turn of events.
"I accept po kasi alam kong ito ang will ni Lord," she said also in the interview with ABS-CBN News.
Representatives from Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines will personally meet and thank AJ's family for donating the late young actor's cornea. Eye Bank will then present a donor certificate to AJ's parents.
Reposted From Glenda Villena of OMG! Philippine News Blog